Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Iwobi will be fined for being out late less than 48 hours before a game, calling the 22 year old’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’.
However, the manager took at the pop at The Sun for the way the story was reported, in which they tried to infer that the Arsenal player was involved in drug taking.
None of us should be surprised that the world’s scummiest newspaper decided that Iwobi being at a party should be considered front page news, calling it a ‘drug party’ ensured the scandal/outrage-ometer hit maximum, but while Wenger was rightly critical of his player, he also hit out at the way the story was reported.
“If that is true he will be fined,” said the Frenchman. “It is impossible to go out 48 hours before the game, and it’s unacceptable.
“I will, of course, have to see him to see if that is right or not.”
Later, the manager was asked if he was disappointed in Iwobi being out ‘the night before the game’, to which he interrupted, “It was not the night before the game, it was 48 hours before the game.
“The night before we were in a hotel, but it’s not acceptable and I will have to speak to him about that.
“First of all you have to be cautious with all the news always coming out. When you read what is reported it is like he has taken drugs.
“He is not involved in that at all, he has been out at a birthday party. How long has he stayed? That is very important, after I will decide what happens.
Wenger insisted Iwobi was not drinking or taking drugs, saying, “If your neighbour takes drugs, what can you do about it? You are responsible for your own behaviour, not for that of your neighbour.”
There was no hiding the fact that Iwobi has fallen short of the standards expected, but it would be worth remembering the source of this story, what an absolute lying scumbag rag it is, and that Iwobi is still a young man.
He’s made a mistake, albeit a relatively innocent one when you think of the history of our club and some of the behaviour of our players down the years, and hopefully this will teach him a real lesson.
But when it comes to one of our players vs The Sun, there’s only one side any of us should be on, regardless of what you think of him or his form.